Why Tiffany Smith Watched ‘Suits’ to Prepare to Play Meghan Markle
Tiffany Smith took on the role of Meghan Markle for the Lifetime movie Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal. She was already mistaken for the new royal because she looks so similar to her before the role, but she still had to do and watch certain things to portray her.
Smith watched Suits to play her. Find out why and the other work she did to play out Markle’s love story.
Meghan Markle was still on Suits when she was dating Prince Harry
When Meghan Markle started dating Prince Harry she was still playing Rachel Zane on Suits. Her co-stars have talked about what it was like finding out who she was dating.
“I actually didn’t believe it was real, then all of a sudden I turn around and there is this guy from MI-5 on set every day,” Wendell Pierce played Robert Zane, the father of Rachel told Extra.
The actor talked about how their love changed her. “The one thing that was clear, she was extremely happy… She had a glow, ” said the actor. “I knew she was in love… With the whirlwind of publicity and the world of being a royal now, the one thing that’s constant is the fact that I know she loves him.”
Markle’s character was written off the show with her getting married and moving. Suits continued without her but will now be having its final season with Season 9.
Some of her time of the show was covered in Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal. That’s because the Lifetime movie covers everything up to the royal couple’s wedding to her Markle’s pregnancy.
She watched Suits to recreate some of the scenes
The actress watched Markle’s interviews to prepare, but she also watched her show. She revealed how watching Suits was helpful.
“I definitely started with YouTube and Instagram,” Smith told Vulture. “I also went back and watched a lot of Suits. I tried not to have my phone on set to be as present as possible, but for those scenes that were exact re-creations, I was like, Can we have printed pictures, videos, clips, everything!”
What the scenes included wasn’t the only thing Smith had to pay attention to for the role. She also took on the former actress’ mannerisms.
Smith worked with an acting coach to pick up her mannerisms
She might have naturally had Markle’s looks, but there were still small things Smith needed to pick up. That would be the Duchess’ little ticks.
“I also worked with a wonderful acting coach to help me flesh out little mannerisms,” revealed Smith. “There were certain things about Meghan I picked up on — she tucks her hair back a little bit, and looks up through her eyelashes sometimes — but I tried not to get too caught up about the little things.”
It just goes to show that simply looking like Meghan Markle isn’t enough to play the role. The movie recreates interviews and scenes from Suits, which required the star to watch them in order to get things right. She also took on the royal’s mannerisms to play her throughout the movie.